Brooke Henderson won the weather-delayed New Zealand Women’s Open on Monday, finishing off a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory.
The 20-year-old Canadian led by four shots after six holes when the final round was suspended Sunday after a day of heavy rain, high wind and threatened lightning strikes. She returned Monday morning to the Windross Farm course and easily held off China’s Jing Yan for her second LPGA Tour victory of the season and fifth overall.
Henderson finished at 17-under 271. She also won the Meijer LPGA Classic in June in Michigan.
The weather remained troublesome Monday with strong wind making low scoring difficult. Henderson mastered the conditions, birdieing three of the first five holes and turning for home five shots clear.
Yan shot a 71. South Korea’s Hee Young Park was third at 11 under after a 69.
American Jennifer Song had the best round, a 68, to finish fourth at 10 under.
New Zealand star Lydia Ko closed double bogey-triple bogey for a 75 to tie for 22nd at 5 under.
“I played really solid apart from the last two holes,” Ko said. “I made an eagle on 15; I hit it really close and I thought I might have actually hit it in the water. It was a tough finish, but overall I felt really solid, a lot of positives.”